Exhibition on King's development projects
Monarchs from 25 countries were invited to the opening yesterday of an exhibition of HM the King's Royal Development Projects at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall.
The exhibition, organised by the Foreign Ministry, features the King's royal activities and projects over the past 60 years of his reign. It is pre-sented through multimedia tech-niques.
The royal projects are efforts by the King to help eradicate problems associated with soil, forests, water and human habitation, ultimately leading to sustainable development for local people.
The royal guests were shown a video presentation explaining the main problems of the country, which are erosion, forest fires, flooding and poverty. The presentation outlined the King's many projects to eradicate these problems.
After the presentation, the royals were led to the half-circle exhibi-tion room, which features a giant crystal lotus in the centre. Each of the lotus's seven petals features the story of Mahajanaka, the literature of HM the King.
The exhibition begins with royal projects concerning reforestation. His Majesty initiated reforestation plans by implanting the extreme importance of "growing trees in peo-ple's minds", and encouraging them to grow trees on their land and pre-serve them.
There are also the royal-initiated projects on water resources, such as artificial rain to resolve drought problems, the Chaipattana Low Speed Surface Aerator to solve the problem of polluted water and the "Monkey's Cheeks" project to help relieve flooding.
Real Vetiver grass was planted at the exhibition to show how it works, with the concept of a "living wall" to help prevent land erosion.
HM the King explained the idea behind some royal projects to the invited royal monarchs yesterday.
The exhibition will be open to the public until Monday. Due to limited space at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall, the number of shows has been raised to nine a day, with audiences of 100 people each. Tickets can be reserved at the Major Cineplex Ratchayodhin.